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49 haredim arrested in J'lem for Purim riots

Police on Wednesday night arrested 21 ultra-Orthodox men suspected of throwing stones, setting off firecrackers at police officers

Neta Sela
Published: 03.16.06, 00:15 / Israel News

Like every year, the Purim holiday in Jerusalem kept the city’s police force busy with some haredim, unable to hold their drink, engaging in disturbances.

 

Police on Wednesday night arrested 21 ultra-Orthodox men suspected of throwing stones and firing firecrackers at police officers.

 

A policeman lightly injured from stones was treated at Shabbat Square in the city, where dozens of haredim tried to attack two Arab taxi drivers.

 

Policemen who evacuated the Arab drivers came under a barrage of stones and firecrackers. Police were ordered to disperse rioters who had blocked a road in the area. Order was restored around 11 p.m. and the road was reopened.

 

About 28 other haredim were arrested for alcohol-related disturbances across the city on Wednesday night.

 

On Tuesday, 15 haredi youths were arrested across the city for throwing stones and attacking policemen. On Wednesday afternoon, 13 youths were indicted for drunkenness, assaulting police officers, hooliganism and firing firecrackers at police and civilians.

 

Efrat Weiss contributed to this report

 

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